Otonabee Conservation advises that the Flood Warning remains in effect for the Kawartha Lakes and the Otonabee River. Residents are reminded to stay clear of all waterways during this time, as high flows and cold water temperatures will be dangerous.
The reservoir lakes north of the Otonabee Region watershed are currently nearing their capacity as recent warm weather and rainfall continues to melt the remaining snow pack. Inflows from the reservoir lake river system, to the Kawartha Lakes, have likely reached their peak, and depending on forecast rainfall, should start to decline. This in turn, should slow the rate of increase on the Kawartha Lakes. The Tri-Lakes (Pigeon, Buckhorn and Chemong) will continue a slow rise over the coming days, but should flatten out as more water is moved into Stoney Lake, and inflows from the reservoir lakes decrease. Stoney and Katchewanooka Lake have remained steady over the past 24 hours, and are expected to remain at this level for now.
Flow down the Otonabee River has also remained steady over the past 24 hours and no changes are anticipated in the next 24 hours. Rice Lake and the Trent River up to Hastings, are continuing a slow and steady increase but have yet to reach a critical flood stage.
Warm temperatures, and forecast rainfall for the long weekend, across the watershed of the Trent-Severn Waterway, is likely to prolong high water levels and flows across the Otonabee Region watershed.
Otonabee Conservation staff is maintaining contact with Parks Canada – Ontario Waterways Unit, and will advise the public and our emergency management partners of changing conditions.
This Flood Warning will be updated Thursday, April 13, 2017.
To report a flood in your area, call the Flood Watch Hotline – 705-745-5791, ext. 228, or e-mail: email@example.com.
If you experience a flood emergency, call 911 immediately.